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House Proceeding 09-22-09 on Sep 22nd, 2009 :: 0:26:00 to 0:28:25
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Brian Baird

0:25:56 to 0:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: this legislation walks that fine line but we need to keep implement this legislation. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. i recognize the gentlelady from guam, ms. bordallo. ms. bordallo: mr. speaker, i recognize mr. baird from washington, and he can have as much time as he may consume.

Brian Baird

0:26:00 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Baird

Brian Baird

0:26:17 to 0:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. baird: i thank the chairman. i thank the gentlelady and i rise in strong support of h.r. 1080 and would like to speak to the prior bill. in marine sciences there is a shifting baseline which is where when you look today and say, well, what's the status of this ecosystem, you tend to

Brian Baird

0:26:38 to 0:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: look 10 years back on the assumption thaffings a good time window -- that was a good time window. it may be substantially degraded from 10 years prior which was degraded from 10 years prior, etc. so as we try to restore these ecosystems, we need to understand that many of them have been profoundly degraded overtime and this shifting

Brian Baird

0:26:59 to 0:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: baseline is going in a negative direction and it's very hard to know where we're at. this legislation, h.r. 1080, and the prior legislation regarding coral reefs, is a shift in a positive direction. we are actually improving the protection of our marine resources which are so critical. i would urge my colleagues to, if they learn and remember nothing else about our marine

Brian Baird

0:27:21 to 0:27:43( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: ecosystems it would be the following number. 50%. 50% of the oxygen we are breathing as we speak today comes from the oceans. 50%. every other breath. and yet the oceans are subject to a -- from ocean acidification, to temperature increase, to overfishing, which this legislation deals with, to

Brian Baird

0:27:44 to 0:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: runoff, to harmful blooms, to hypoxia, etc. i commend the gentlelady and the gentleman for their leadership on this, urge passage. we must make presevation of our oceans a much higher priority, not only for this body but for this country. and i urge passage of both this and the prior bill. i thank the gentlelady and i yield back my time.

Brian Baird

0:28:05 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from utah, mr. chaffet mr. speaker, i'd just inquire of the other side, do they have additional speakers? ms. bordallo: mrspeaker, i have no additional requests for time. and would inquire if the minority has any additional speakers. mr. c speaker, i yield back the

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